Black River Academy shows hats of the past


Tom and Shirley Saul of Rochester, NY and Lake Pauline, Ludlow Vt. Photo provided.
Tom and Shirley Saul of Rochester, NY and Lake Pauline, Ludlow Vt. Photo provided.



LUDLOW, Vt. – The Black River Academy Museum held its annual meeting and dinner recently to raise money to repair the academy steeple.The meeting was a potluck dinner at the museum on High Street in Ludlow, and area cooks who were members outdid themselves with everything from soup to desserts.

As members and friends arrived, they were shown a table with hats from years gone by. Hats were from 1900 through 1980, and were on loan from The Springfield Players.

Among the hats was a beanie from Black River Academy, worn by freshmen dating back to 1920, a band hat from the Black River High School band from 1950, a black silk stove-pipe hat from 1900, hats for gardeners, a fireman’s helmet dating back to the 1900s and made entirely of leather, a fox fur hat from Alaska, a World War I Army hat, and many others.

Members and guests chose a hat, donned it, and after the dinner paraded down one side of the room telling the year the hat was popular and letting people see how it was worn.

Guests and members observed a moment of silence for Anita Alic, who was instrumental in raising money to install an elevator for access to the upper floors of the building. That project has been completed but the academy steeple is in need of more repair.

The dinner was to raise money for the ongoing work needed to finish the repairs to the academy building steeple.

Alumni members or residents who were unable to attend the dinner but who would like to help with the restoration work can send a donation to: The Black River Academy, P.O. Box 73, Ludlow, VT, 05149.

The Black River Academy is a non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

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